Jose's Big Day Helps Indians Snap Skid in 13-6 Win over Tigers; Three Takeaways from the Victory
CLEVELAND - After a couple brutal days of baseball for the Indians, Saturday was a lot more like it for the team many have going to the World Series in the American League, as the Tribe feasted on Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers for a 13-6 win.
The big star of the day was Jose Ramirez, who pounded his way to two homers, a career-high 6 RBI and a day in which he had four hits, setting the pace for a huge day, the biggest of the season, for the Indians offense.
Now looking to get back to .500, the Indians will try and end their first homestand of the 2017 season on a high note on Easter Sunday with a 1pm matchup with the Tigers.
For now, here's our three takeaways from the win for the Tribe which gets them to 5-6 in 2017.
1. Have a Day Jose
One Indian who is not having any issues getting into the swing of things in 2017 is Jose Ramirez, who might still be celebrating his new contract showing how much faith the Tribe has in their budding star.
Saturday Ramirez had a monster day, putting up two homers, six runs batted in, and going 4-for-4 at the plate. He's hitting .341 with a .610 slugging percentage and .404 on-base percentage through 11 games.
He's played in all 11 games going 14-for-41. His three-run blast in the first inning got the Indians offense moving, and set the pace for a day in which the team put up 18 hits, 11 of which came against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
His second homer in the 8th put the finishing touches on a huge day at the plate.
2. Kluber Outduels Mrs.Upton
It was a day to forget for Tigers starter Justin Verlander, as the Indians beat on him for nine runs on 11 hits in four innings, building a big lead before the Tigers clawed their way back into the game against Indians starter Corey Kluber.
The Indians ace struck out the side in the first to set the tone, and on the day allowed six runs, striking out eight over 6.1 innings of work.
He walked two and gave up eight hits, but was pitching with a huge lead and was able to keep the team ahead, and then turned it over to the pen of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen to secure the win.
Kluber is now 1-1 on the season and will start on Thursday afternoon in Minnesota against the Twins.
3. Fans Coming Out
It may be just five games, but the Indians faithful are coming out and being more engaged with this team, which is not hard to believe after the team came within a game of winning the World Series.
Thus far five games into the home slate the club is averaging 23,560 (117,804 fans so far), which is up from 19,588 through the first five games of 2016 (97,942).
It's been documented that the team has already sold quite a few tickets this season, as many so far as it took them till into July to sell last season.
Yes they have scuffled so far at home winning two of their first five, but with warm weather already hitting Northeast Ohio and a team fans are excited to see, expect solid crowds as the year continues to move along and the weather continues to get even better.